Finance

Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation, a report for the Borough of Camden

Currently, the Borough of Camden houses approximately 500 households (of which 370 are families) in temporary accommodation (TA). These include hostels in Camden as well as nightly rented homes outside Camden. Increasingly, Camden has been offering private rented housing in other London boroughs primarily because of the high cost of private rented accommodation in Camden. However, many of the family households in TA have turned down offers in the PRS. Camden commissioned… Read More

Capturing development value, principles and practice: difficulties and the need for reform

Christine Whitehead and Tony Crook have co-authored an article, entitled Capturing development value, principles and practice: why is it so difficult?, for Town Planning Review. The article discusses ‘unhypothecated national taxation and negotiated local contributions for infrastructure (CIL) and affordable housing (S106). The paper also considers the case for modification of the current system or whether more fundamental reform is needed. Below we share the abstract and a brief snippet of the… Read More

Christine Whitehead on Ask the Expert: the future of housing in the UK

On July 4th, 2019, Christine Whitehead was one of three panellists at the Social Market Foundation’s ‘Ask the Expert: The Future of Housing in the UK’ panel discussion. Topics discussed included the current state of housing in the UK and the possibilities and challenges that present themselves for a new Prime Minister in the wings. One of the core questions driving the discussion was: How exactly can the next government create fairer… Read More

Affordable housing in Asia, a report for RICS

In May 2019, LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and Connie Tang from the University of Cambridge, published a report for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) entitled ‘International models for delivery of affordable housing in Asia’. The report examines affordable housing provision in a wide range of countries, cultures, scales, systems and experiences in Asia. Asia accounts for more than 60% of the world’s population, mostly living in urban areas. It includes… Read More

HBF Policy Conference 2019: ‘Confronting the housing crisis’, John Stewart memorial presentation

On March 26th, Christine Whitehead spoke at the Home Builders Federation (HBF) Policy Conference 2019. Her presentation, entitled ‘Confronting the housing crisis’, was the first in what is to become an annual series of memorial presentations honouring the life of the late John Stewart, HBF’s former Director on Economic Affairs. The conference brought together different industry stakeholders to discuss key issues around planning, modern methods of construction, the current and future housing… Read More

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’: our report for The Family Building Society

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is now among the top ten lenders in the country. But research by LSE London, led by Kath Scanlon, shows how little it operates like a bank. The report, ‘The Bank of Mum and Dad: How it really works‘, emphasises that for most families the process is very informal, and people find it very difficult to talk about money. Often it is not clear whether there… Read More

London Talks Programme

London Talks Programme (PDF) London is experiencing important changes: the new London Plan, Brexit, the housing crisis, the proliferation of short-term letting and climate change. Many of these issues are not local to London or to the United Kingdom.  Cities across the world are experiencing pressure from increasing house prices, marked increases in short-term letting and the spectre of climate change. Our new seminar series London Talks creates a space to exchange knowledge… Read More

Four of our reports make it into ThinkHouse´s curated library of the year´s best

Officially launched in 2018, Thinkhouse.org.uk is a new site comprising a library of innovative pieces of housing research. The library is curated by an independent editorial panel made up of experts with breadth of experience in the housing sector from academia, central and local governments, and the private and voluntary sectors. The main reports they feature are thought to have the best chances of influencing policy makers; they also have a section… Read More

Is SDLT helping or interfering with the housing market? Updated economic analysis of policy impact

The Problem Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has become an increasingly important source of revenue for the Treasury – with £9,275m raised from 1.1 m residential transactions in 2017/18. Yet many commentators regard stamp duty as a poor tax reducing transactions and interfering with the workings of both the housing market and the labour market. The latest such statement is in last month’s IMF annual report of the health of the UK… Read More

How can the government better address the housing needs of older people?

Older people (aged 65 and over) now make up around 20% of the total population in the UK according to the Office for National Statistics. That proportion is heading towards 25% by mid-century. How is the government addressing the housing needs of this group of households? This is a particularly important question considering that suitable, comfortable, and well-situated homes can improve a person’s quality of life, including physical and mental health, wellbeing,… Read More